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Damn fool (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968498)

Hasn't he seen a single science fiction movie?!?!? He'll be the comic-relief nerdy guy on the crew, who the pretty astronaut just regards as a friend, who gets killed about two-thirds the way through the mission--after providing a few laughs and some expertise in getting the escape shuttle at the abandoned space station online. No way is he going to make it to the sequel mission.

Re:Damn fool (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968580)

Plus, it's the shuttle's last flight. As everyone knows, anybody who is about to retire, especially those on their very last day, will inevitably die tragically.

Normally, that only applies to people, but I think under these circumstances we could extend the trope to vessels.

Re:Damn fool (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968624)

God help any older crew member who talks about how much he misses his kids and tells his daughter on the uplink that daddy will be home soon.

Re:Damn fool (1)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969570)

Sorry to say, this one gave me a little "ugh" -- you are, after all, talking about the space shuttle.

Re:Damn fool (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#35992868)

That depends, if someone else can remind him that he's not getting too old for this shit, he might be OK.

Ob. Galaxy Quest (4, Funny)

rsborg (111459) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968754)

From the greatest non-trek trek movie [imdb.com]:

[the crew is on a shuttle descending to an alien planet]
Guy Fleegman: I changed my mind. I wanna go back.
Sir Alexander Dane: After the fuss you made about getting left behind?
Guy Fleegman: Yeah, but that's when I thought I was the crewman that stays on the ship, and something is up there, and it kills me. But now I'm thinking I'm the guy who gets killed by some monster five minutes after we land on the planet.
Jason Nesmith: You're not gonna die on the planet, Guy.
Guy Fleegman: I'm not? Then what's my last name?
Jason Nesmith: It's, uh, uh - -I don't know.
Guy Fleegman: Nobody knows. Do you know why? Because my character isn't important enough for a last name, because I'm gonna die five minutes in.
Gwen DeMarco: Guy, you have a last name.
Guy Fleegman: DO I? DO I? For all you know, I'm "Crewman Number Six"! Mommy... mommy...
Sir Alexander Dane: Are we there yet?

Re:Damn fool (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969070)

This is his second flight... he would be a better plot device if it were his rookie mission.

Re:Damn fool (2)

ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969256)

Uh oh. That means he has to be the "brash veteran astronaut who takes too many chances". At least it also means he gets laid.

Re:Damn fool (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35969732)

Slashdotters actually making me laugh out loud :D good run. If I wasn't a troll I'd toss some mod points out!

Re:Damn fool (2)

cheeks5965 (1682996) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969106)

maybe they'll give him a red shirt [wikipedia.org] to wear.

Re:Damn fool (1)

ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969216)

Or it could be one of those freaky "no longer human" situations. Maybe the mission will encounter an alien craft that just happens to be exploring our solar system during the last flight of Endeavor. Then Chamitoff will heroically volunteer to merge with the aliens to create a new hybrid life form, and he/it will go off to colonize a new planet. Sweeping orchestral music will play, as the crew of Endeavor looks on fondly.

Then they will realize that only Chamitoff had the login password for the computer. Waap-waap-waap-waaaaa.

Re:Damn fool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35969850)

This reminds of my favorite line from Battle Beyond The Stars(?):

"Why don't you come with us? You know about computers and can help."

Re:Damn fool (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 2 years ago | (#35970408)

Hasn't he seen a single science fiction movie?!?!?

Oh, he has! The problem is, he actually thinks some Evil Martian type will put a gun to his head and tell him to implement a quicksort all while a pretty green alien female massages one of his lower extremities with what looks suspiciously like a mouth appendage.

Re:Damn fool (1)

z917183 (1433107) | more than 2 years ago | (#35971928)

Whatever happens, refuse the Red shirt! And the Gold shirt! In fact, you'd better just stick to a white shirt even if it does show spaghetti sauce. :o

And I complain (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35968528)

When my boss makes me trek in on the weekend.

Re:And I complain (2)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969322)

Actually, he should have been on the first flight - sort of a quality of deliverables incentive.

Final launch? (-1, Redundant)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968576)

The final launch for Endeavour - it seems Atlantis is still scheduled for June....

Re:Final launch? (1)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968760)

shuttle's final 15-day flight

emphasis mine

Emphasizing what exactly? (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968878)

shuttle's final 15-day flight

emphasis mine

What is your point? The June launch is a shuttle too, the shuttle Atlantis. There is more than one space shuttle you know.

Re:Emphasizing what exactly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35968942)

Reading comprehension fail.

Re:Emphasizing what exactly? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35969056)

Keep talking, we're sure to realize your brilliance sooner or later, right?

Oh wait... [theoatmeal.com]

Learn your apostrophe usage and you'll appear more literate to people who already know how to use them.*
It's much more likely that they'll take notice of the actual content of your post if you look like you're at least half way familiar with how to communicate in writing.

*whether or not you actually are literate is irrelevant. As Billy Crystal once said, "It's better to look marvelous than it is to feel marvelous."

Your homework is to understand what I've said and begin to apply it. The Oatmeal link is a great first step towards learning your apostrophes.

Your terrible understanding of grammar revealed (1, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969438)

As noted by a more intelligent responder, and discovered by myself when I re-parsed the original sentence after reading your reply, the line in question was missing a "the" throwing off the whole meaning of the thing. You can talk about apostrophes all you like but people misuse them so often who can you rely on THAT to inform you of meaning over the actual words used in a sentence?

In the end all we have ended up showing here is you lack the ability to analyze a sentence for grammatical errors, and that you are also one of the hated "Apostrophe Nazis" to boot.

Re:Your terrible understanding of grammar revealed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35970564)

And here I thought I was helping you out. Guess I won't bother being nice next time.

For the record, the sentence is perfectly understandable even with the missing "the" - all because of the apostrophe. To answer your question, yes I will rely on the apostrophe because I did understand the sentence in the first reading so this method is clearly is working for me.

Re:Emphasizing what exactly? (2)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969110)

shuttle's final 15-day flight

emphasis mine

What is your point? The June launch is a shuttle too, the shuttle Atlantis. There is more than one space shuttle you know.

His point was that the "shuttle" in question was already identified as the Endeavor. They didn't say shuttles' final flight, they said shuttle's.

That said, they did screw up the sentence, so I see why you were confused. It should read, "Greg Chamitoff, a computer programmer who wrote software for NASA's Endeavour spacecraft, will be blasting off on the shuttle's final 15-day flight..."

Well ain't that just grand! (3, Interesting)

TheJodster (212554) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968602)

I've been a controls programmer for fifteen years and this guy gets to write control software for a freaking space shuttle. As if that's not enough glory already, now he gets to fly in it and space walk! Lucky bastard! I hate you! Next month he'll probably win the lottery too.

Re:Well ain't that just grand! (3, Funny)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968682)

Yeah, but talk about dogfooding...

Re:Well ain't that just grand! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35968896)

It hardly counts as dogfooding after you've let someone else use it for _years_.

Re:Well ain't that just grand! (3, Informative)

seanmcelroy (207852) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969032)

Well, he's done a lot more than just hard-core programming work... this isn't his first time in space: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/chamitoff.html [nasa.gov]

Re:Well ain't that just grand! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35969888)

"Recreational interests include ... magic" I think that about sums up the fact that he is no mere mortal. Calling him a "programmer" is ... inadequate.

Re:Well ain't that just grand! (2)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#35973848)

Recreational interests include scuba diving, backpacking, flying, skiing, aikido, magic, guitar, and chess. Dr. Chamitoff is a certified divemaster and instrument rated pilot.

Damnit, he has my dream life...where did I go wrong?

Re:Well ain't that just grand! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35973988)

Recreational interests include scuba diving, backpacking, flying, skiing, aikido, magic, guitar, and chess. Dr. Chamitoff is a certified divemaster and instrument rated pilot.

Damnit, he has my dream life...where did I go wrong?

--

Supporting Macs in the Enterprise since 2005, God help me

Re:Well ain't that just grand! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35974654)

Damnit, he has my dream life...where did I go wrong?

He turned the television off and got outside.

programmers can stay in space for 10,000 years? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35968792)

it should be safe by then? the 10,000 year long lasting pumps will have sucked the infactdead remains of the population into unproven history well before that. then we'll do it again? as it was written, over & over, & edited for time, space, circumstance, cause & effect (fear value) etc...

some of the million babys+ play-dates may have to be held indoors, if there's any (babys, indoors etc...) left. disarm. thanks.

I never thought I'd see the day (1)

cstec (521534) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968914)

Wow. I had seriously written off ever getting off this rock because only hands-on science specialists ever get the seats, no matter who it is. As people in arguably the world's most remotable profession, I assumed we were doomed.

Just goes to show (5, Informative)

webbiedave (1631473) | more than 2 years ago | (#35968940)

You don't need a CS degree to reach the highest of career levels.

Seriously though, this isn't his first time in space. He's an experienced astronaut who was on the International Space Station for half a year and has multiple high level degrees in engineering, astronautics and planetary geology. He's a recipient of the esteemed Silver Snoopy Award and is literally a friggin' Eagle Scout.

Godspeed!

Re:Just goes to show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35969372)

He will get his Sainthood posthumously, after the scattered remains of his charred red shirt are found and cause many to be healed of spontaneously.

Re:Just goes to show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35971130)

bloody comment system: should read "healed of [pick your favorite horribly disfiguring diseases] spontaneously."

Re:Just goes to show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35975084)

"You don't need a CS degree to reach the highest of career levels."

Uh, yeah, but apparently in failure of that, it helps to have "high level degrees in engineering, astronautics and planetary geology". And to think: that's all it takes.

Guts (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 2 years ago | (#35969248)

Chamitoff...created software focused on spacecraft analysis and maneuver optimization.

Now that's guts, standing behind your work like that. Or crazy. One of those things. Maybe both.

Right now, he's thinking ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#35970404)

... "Could I have tested that last build just a little bit more thoroughly before release?"

Misleading summary (2)

s7uar7 (746699) | more than 2 years ago | (#35970454)

He's not some Joe Schmoe programmer who happened to get lucky with his choice of job, he has a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics and has worked with NASA for virtually his entire career.

Had Greg as a Lecturer in Flight Mechanics (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35970740)

This is great. I had Greg as a lecturer when I was at Sydney University in the mid 90s. He's a great guy and really enjoyed his lectures on flight mechanics. He came back a few years ago and shared with us some of his experiences with the astronaught training program.By the way, he's not a random programmer. He's an aeronautics PhD and a few other degrees to boot.

HAL is that you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35971396)

From the article

While a student at MIT, Chamitoff worked on several NASA projects, performing stability analysis for the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, designing flight control upgrades for the space shuttle's autopilot system, and developing ATTITUDE CONTROL SYSTEM SOFTWARE for the space station.

It's only a matter of time before HAL's software runs into a bug, then god help us all!

Pitty ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35971410)

Our beloved and exhaulted Nobel President Mr. Barak Hussien Obama II has signed two Executive Orders.

Executive Order 1: The U.S.A. Secret Service is given immunity from all local, state, Federal, and International Law.

Correllery: The Secret Service is given immunity from U.S.A. Constitutional Law.

Executive Order 2: The U.S.A. Secret Service is directed to assinate officials and engineers and scientists of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration of the Department of Commerce.

Correllery: The Secret Service is given immunity for the assination of the the Secretary of the Department of Commerce.

Such beauty!

The hatred of Barak-O-Vision for NASA is boundless, Ya!

PS Barak-O-Vision has directed a unit of the Navy Seals to plant explosives on Shuttle Endeavor so the blow it up.

He will call this event the, "Work of Osama Bin Laden."

Thereby he will impose Marshal Law upon all of the United States of America, Territories and Proterterates.

Obama Sig Hail

Non sequitur (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35971774)

Chamitoff is a decent amateur chess player who lost to "Earth" in a 2008 competition.
http://main.uschess.org/content/view/9951/475/

It looks like he's interested in a bit of payback.
http://main.uschess.org/content/view/11169/629/

Congradulations NASA (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#35971912)

Its difficult to find someone barley young enough to fly into space AND be able to bit bang a i386sx like a champ

Don't want to downplay this work, but ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#35972690)

I don't want to downplay the guys work, but after reading his bio, I don't think he actually wrote any of the software used onboard the space shuttle AP101/S computers in HAL/S language. I think his code runs in the FCRs (Flight Control Rooms). It may also run on laptops taken onboard or on the space station, but not on the shuttle. My code runs on all three systems - shuttle, MCCs, and space station.

I worked writing GN&C code for the shuttles for 5 yrs and for the mission control centers around the world for 3 yrs. He simply didn't work in the right groups.

Drapper **did** do lots of design work for the shuttle GN&C algorithms, but the actual code wasn't written by them. That is a highly specialized skill and we were often provided with pseudo-code from Drapper, but it **never** could be used as was coded by Drapper due to very specific limitations in the flight hardware.

Regardless, the guy has my respect. All us ASE's need to stick together - even if he's an Aggie. ;)

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